Further Information Sources for Asbestos and Asbestos Related Diseases

On this page, additional external sources of information on asbestos and asbestos related diseases are provided. The HSA is not responsible for, and cannot guarantee the accuracy of information on sites that it does not manage; nor should the inclusion of a hyperlink be taken to mean endorsement by the HSA of the site to which it points.

Asbestos in Materials Scheme (AIMs)
The Health and Safety Authority require all laboratories that analyse materials for asbestos content to participate satisfactorily in the AIMs proficiency testing (PT) scheme administered by the Health and Safety Laboratory in the U.K.

Performance reports for those Republic of Ireland (ROI) Laboratories participating in the AIMs PT scheme can be downloaded from the Health and Safety Laboratory's website. Click the AIMs logo below to view current 'ROI laboratory' performance reports.

Participation in an independent proficiency- testing scheme such as AIMs plays an essential part in a laboratory's quality control system.

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Regular Inter-laboratory Counting Exchange (RICE)
The Health and Safety Authority require all laboratories who carry out asbestos fibre counting to participate satisfactorily in the RICE proficiency testing (PT) scheme administered by the Health and Safety Laboratory in the U.K.

Performance reports for those Republic of Ireland (ROI) laboratories participating in the RICE PT scheme can be downloaded from the Health and Safety Laboratory. Click the RICE logo below to view current ‘ROI laboratory’ performance reports.

Participation in an independent proficiency- testing scheme plays an essential part in a laboratory’s quality control system.

The RICE scheme provides a measure of the laboratories performance in relation to other fibre counting laboratories. The recommended analytical method for this scheme is the World Health Organisation (WHO) counting rules using Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) as required under Regulation10(2)(e) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Exposure to Asbestos) Regulations 2006 S.I. 386 of 2006 (as amended).

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National Cancer Helpline
Contact details: Freefone: 1800 200 700 (Mon - Thurs 9 - 7, Fri 9 'til 5)

Mesothelioma UK
Mesothelioma UK is a UK based resource centre dedicated to providing specialist Mesothelioma information, support & improved care and treatment.

They have now established a support service for Republic of Ireland callers. Further details can be found at http://www.mesothelioma.uk.com/ or by contacting 00 44 116 2583739 (charged at normal rates for calls to the UK)

Irish Cancer Society
Contact details: 43/45 Northumberland Rd, Dublin 4
Website: http://www.cancer.ie

National Cancer Registry
Contact details:
Website: www.ncri.ie